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Sanctuary — The Year The Sun Died

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★★☆☆ I suppose that one needs to hear this album in the context of a well-loved band releasing new work for the first time in decades. As such, it’s a well-made piece of power metal nostalgia, like a new release from Original Queensrÿche or Ritual-era Testament. But those comparisons should also accurately convey just how old-fashioned the album’s aesthetics feel. Everything you hear here — from the vocal stylings of Warrel Dane to the dripping reverb on the drums to the songs’ pacing — fairly screams 1991.